Fifth Night By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

Feb 17, 2018 | 2018 Articles, Kathleen Costa, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Kathleen Costa

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Fifth Night, and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Four Cold Cases…Closed!

Jillian Hanford is finding a great deal of success these days. At Turtle Cove Resort, a writers’ retreat she manages, several renovation projects have been completed, and eight writers have taken up permanent residence. Her half-brother Garrett, owner of the resort and long-time resident of Gull Island, has returned to live in the main house full time after recovering from a stroke, and although not a writer, he has a lot to offer with insights to local matters. Although she seems to have embraced, or at least found ways to dismiss, the frequent juvenile reference to her and her beau as “Jack and Jill,” she and Jackson Jones are enjoying a pleasantly evolving committed relationship. With good friends and family, she seems destined to become a permanent member of this island community.

The resident writers of various ages and genres are also enjoying their successes, too. They have banded together well as the Mystery Mastermind Group where any one of them can bring up for consideration a cold case of personal or professional interest. The cases have ranged from murder to accidents to, now, a suicide, cold by a few months to several decades. They are discussed, and if they all agree, jointly investigated in the hopes of uncovering the truth and bringing closure. Joining in, the group relies on the local deputy and various quirky residents. Although often not without personal jeopardy, several cold cases have been

Brit Baxter, hoping to live her dream as a writer, has taken up residence at the retreat with her uncle George Baxter, a professional writer of traditional whodunnits and the most senior of the group. She hopes to use her experiences and theirs to further her career into the world of writing. So it is Brit who introduces to the group Abby Boston, a pregnant and recently widowed mother of four. Abby is adamant that her husband Bobby Boston did not commit suicide, and asks the group to prove it was murder. The insurance company will not pay out for suicide, her house payments are in the rears, and her family’s future is bleak. The group decides to answer Abby’s plea.

bookThe details reveal five recent events of arson leaving one dead and one suicide. Bobby Boston, Abby’s husband, was found asphyxiated in his car, a typed note next to him confessing to the arsons and the ultimate fatality in the fifth fire. Although law enforcement may have had some “niggling” feelings, it seemed a cut and dry case of suicide. The fires, handsomely paid out by different insurance companies, seem unrelated. The property owners were out of town when their boat, barn, or businesses was burned to the ground, and Bobby was a firefighter with the requisite skills to do the job. But, as the group and Deputy Savage review details, the final verdict against Booby may have been a rush to closure. Motives? Alibis? Crime scene discrepancies? All are reviewed, and more questions are raised.

Once again Kathi Daley has penned an intriguing mystery for these amateur sleuths to unravel. The meticulous techniques used include research through official reports and newspaper archives along with informal interviews with key witnesses and suspects, but as safe as this may seem, someone always ends up in jeopardy when their snooping gets too close. The arson and suicide seems a clear cut focus, but Kathi Daley weaves in several of the ongoing personal relationships including the monkey wrench in the arrival of Jack’s mother, ins and outs of the small community, input from Gertie’s ghost or Garrett’s parrot (both are quirky, but no paranormal hocus-pocus), an upcoming Spring Fling planning, and the serious concerns over a developer moving to build a resort in the island’s sensitive wetlands. There’s a lot to digest, but a lot to enjoy.

Each story is an enjoyable standalone. Although some references are made about the past investigations, and after five books, relationships are in full swing, but a newbie will not feel anything is missing and will enjoy the unfolding mystery like us full-time fans. Like all of Kathi Daley’s books, it is the characters in which I am invested. Their history, connections, skills, and hopes for their future are often weaved into the plot. That makes her work so popular.

Fifth Night earns 5/5 Fiery Fun…A Signature Engaging Mystery by Kathi Daley!

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To enter to win either a print or kindle copy of Fifth Night, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “fifth,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 24, 2018. U.S. residents only for the print copy. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address. PLEASE STATE IN ENTRY WHETHER YOU WANT PRINT OR KINDLE.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.

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  1. I love this series! If I win, I would like a print copy. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve really enjoyed reading this series and have this one at the top of my wish list.

  3. What an intriguing plot. Look forward to reading this. I would prefer a print copy of the book.

  4. Kathi Daley’s book are amazing! I’ve heard such great things about “Fifth Night” including your wonderful review.

    I’d very much love the chance to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  5. Another great entry in this series.

  6. I love this series. musiqmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. I’d love to win a print copy of Fifth Night. Thanks for the chance.

  8. Love this series! Would love to win a copy of this book!

  9. Kathi Daley is one of my favorite authors of cozies. I would love to win this one.

  10. So interested in reading this book! Have neared it is excellent!

  11. This book sounds so good just like all of Kathis books i would love to read!

  12. I would love a print copy of Kathi’s book. She is an awesome writer.

    Thank-you for the chance.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  13. Kindle copy, please. I haven’t started reading this series, yet, but just like Kathi’s other books, I know I’ll enjoy it.

  14. Always enjoy Kathi’s books. Sounds like another great read.

  15. This looks like an amazing series. Unfortunately for myself and the author, neither the Brooklyn or Queens County library system has seen fit to carry any of her books.

    So I’m going to once again enter one of your giveaways and hope for the best.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. Thank you for this chance to win. If I am lucky enough I would like a print copy. pgenest57(at)aol(dot)com Paula Adams

  17. This is my favorite Kathi Daly series to date; thanks for the opportunity to win the book.?

  18. Love her books. I would like a Kindle copy. sclickner at juno dot com

  19. Nice post- I really enjoy Kathi Daley’s work. A print copy would be da bomb diggity!
    Kelly Braun

  20. Doesn’t a Mystery Master Mind Group sound interesting? Kindle please if I win…thanks a lot for the review and giveaway.

  21. I would love to win one.

  22. Sounds like a terrific series. Thanks for the chance. Would love a Kindle copy.

  23. If I were to win, I’d like a print copy. This sounds like a great read. My to be read pile is getting small.

  24. We have a winner!

  25. This is a series by Kathy that I have not read yet. Thank you for the giveaway. I would like a print copy please.


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